2 deadly wrecks in Cobb County

Police in Cobb County are investigating what led to a crash that police say killed the driver of an antique car in Marietta. The crash shutdown Paper Mill Road near the Atlanta Country Club for hours Saturday afternoon.
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Police in Cobb County are investigating what led to a crash that police say killed the driver of an antique car in Marietta. The crash shutdown Paper Mill Road near the Atlanta Country Club for hours Saturday afternoon.

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Credit: Channel 2 Action News

Two fatal wrecks occurred around the same time Saturday afternoon in Cobb County.

A crash killed a driver on Paper Mill Road near Atlanta Country Club Drive in Marietta around 4:45 p.m.

Eddie B. Strickland, 67, of Marietta was pronounced dead at the scene, police said.

Strickland was driving a 1929 Ford Model A eastbound slowly up a steep grade on Paper Mill Road when he was hit from behind by a 2008 Volkswagen Jetta, investigators said. His vehicle was forced into the westbound lanes, where it overturned and hit a 2004 Toyota Sienna.

Strickland’s two passengers were transported to local hospitals. Lynn Strickland, 67, of Marietta was taken to WellStar Kennestone Hospital to be treated for serious injuries, police said. A 3-year-old boy was transported to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite with non-life-threatening injuries.

Volkswagen driver Shaina Carter Fernandez, 28, of Sandy Springs and Toyota driver Debra Shuping, 59, of Marietta were not injured.

The collision remains under investigation, police said.

Around the same time, a wrong-way collision on Hillcrest Drive near Wilhelmina Drive in Austell killed the driver of one of the vehicles, according to police.

William Cofield, 47, of Austell was driving a 2011 Hyundai Sonata northbound on Hillcrest in the southbound lane as a 2001 Nissan Quest was traveling southbound, investigator said. The drivers swerved in an attempt to avoid each other, but ended up colliding in the northbound lane.

Cofield was transported to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he died, authorities said.

The occupants of the Nissan — Bertin Vargas, 37, Laura Vargas, 26, and four children — were transported to local hospitals to be treated for non-life-threatening injuries.

No charges are expected to filed in the case, police said.

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